Remove inequalities to achieve HIV / AIDS global targets – Report

Remove inequalities to achieve HIV / AIDS global targets – Report

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World missing HIV/AIDS global targets

As the world is busy with Covid-19, we cannot forget that many regions are still in grip of HIV/AIDS. Though we have been successful in controlling this epidemic in some places and population, it is expanding more than ever in others, say reports. This is quite disappointing given that we have been making efforts to contain HIV AIDS for decades.

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World missing HIV/AIDS global targets

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently warned the world that inequalities in addressing AIDS weakened global efforts to squash HIV as a public health threat by 2030. He said that in a report published late April. The report offered 10 key recommendations to get back on track and crush the epidemic within deadline.

UN chief observed inequalities to be main reason in failure of 2020 global targets. World can achieve transformative outcomes for HIV-infected people, communities and countries, only through ending inequalities, he suggested.

2020 global target missed

In 2016, UN General Assembly set the target of reducing HIV infection count to fewer than 500,000 by 2020. But last year’s figure of HIV-infected people stood at 1.7 million, triple the target. Similarly, 2019 saw 690,000 AIDS-caused deaths, which was far more then the set target of below 500,000.

Covid-19 pushing response against HIV

In wake of HIV goals being missed late last year, the specialised UN agency UNAIDS sounded alarm of Covid 19 pandemic distracting the world’s AIDS response significantly. It urged countries to adopt ambitious new HIV / AIDS stamping targets to avoid hundreds of thousands of COVID-related additional infections and deaths.

The specialised agency had also estimated 300,000 additional HIV infections and 148,000 more AIDS-linked deaths between late 2020 and 2022. “The failure to invest in HIV responses has come at a terrible price,” UNAIDS Executive Director Winnie Byanyima had said. However, countries in sub-Saharan Africa like Botswana and Eswatini achieved or even outshined targets set for 2020.

UNAIDS has set new global target to keep new infections to below 370,000, and AIDS-linked deaths below 250,000, by 2025. Expressing hopes, Byanyima now said, it’s still reachable goal to stamp out HIV as a public health threat by 2030. Still, we can achieve this goal by bold political leadership to challenge and address the social injustices and inequalities.

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